Monday, October 31, 2011

Quote Of The Week

"There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world."

Thursday, October 27, 2011

We Loved Him, Despite Ourselves

His life felt constricted for so long it became something he just learned to live with, despite the pain. The serpent's grip seemed to tighten with every aching, passing day. There was a need for release, always the quest for action; his boredom was epic.

At times his journey seemed like a disease, rather than a pursuit. Typically, he chose libation as an out, but it only fueled things; the lust seeping from his pours when the fuel hit his bloodstream. He was always charming, for as far back as anyone could remember, yet there was a secret history; a curse. The attention both feeding, and in the end, destroying his very core. Stumbling home night after night, wrecked and lost he would feel the serpent again, its embrace strengthening; tail to mouth.

One day he even stopped into a progressive temple, but he got hung on the length of the skirt worn by the girl who greeted him. The cross resting deep in her cleavage sent him reeling, and running to the nearest tavern. It wasn't to be, like all the other emotional shards left in his wake tell us, now that it's all over. He continued the endless cycle, including mighty rituals that did little to soothe.

And then there was the night that echoes like a schoolyard whisper. He just walked off alone into the night, never to be heard from again. Rumors abound as to his fate, the most circulated tale being that he took a sharp turn into a pub, and through another typical night of debauchery, he was freed, and ultimately, reborn.

© 2011 Lee Greenfeld

Monday, October 24, 2011

Quote Of The Week

"We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it."

Friday, October 21, 2011

When The Ship Comes In


Barry Feinstein
Rest In Peace

"Barry Feinstein, a photographer who chronicled the lives of seminal rock'n'roll stars of the 1960s, and who was perhaps best known for the stark portrait of Bob Dylan on the cover of the 1964 album The Times They Are A-Changin’, died on Thursday in a hospital near his home in Woodstock, NY." ... Story continues here: Barry Feinstein, Photographer of Defining Rock Portraits, Dies at 80 (NY Times)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Third Avenue, Circa 1989

Pitchers of beer consumed in mugs, never pint glasses.
In places where the tables were always sticky,
The jukebox too loud and distorted,
And the good times never seemed to end.

That was the atmosphere.
© 2011 Lee Greenfeld

Monday, October 17, 2011

Quote Of The Week

"It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of non-violence to cover impotence. Violence is any day preferable to impotence. There is hope for a violent man to become non-violent. There is no such hope for the impotent. "

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Gotham's Lost Tribe



"Sunshine Rebels tells the story of a group of inner-city teenagers who in the 1970s came together in New York City’s Central Park and in the process left an indelible stamp on world culture through startling innovations in street art, alternative music and extreme sports.

A coming-of-age story set at the nadir of New York City history, and in the world’s most famous — and at that time infamous — park, abandoned and crumbling amid the city’s collapsed economy, the documentary reveals a unique and colorful 1970s subculture. The film highlights a family that formed at the Central Park Bandshell, a family that to this day is held together by the ties formed then.

Some became legends... Some moved on... Some died.

An important New York City story, Sunshine Rebels highlights the lives of intriguing figures who lived communally, intensely, at times ferally, in the shadowy grounds of Central Park's Naumburg Bandshell, the heart of a reeling and broken Gotham City. In the process they contributed to the cultural and artistic shifts that continue to have an impact today."

Dig: Sunshine Rebels (official film site)
Support: Sunshine Rebels (Kickstarter site)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Quote Of The Week

"Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the 'transcendent' and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don't be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you." [From the Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture at UCLA, March 2010]

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

There Comes A Time


Bert Jansch
Rest In Peace

"Of all the guitarists to emerge from the early days of the British folk music revival, it was Bert Jansch, who has died aged 67, who had the most sustained influence, not only within folk circles, but also on the wider music scene. To Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Jansch was "the innovator of the time … so far ahead of what anyone else was doing". Johnny Marr of the Smiths described Jansch's effect on his musicianship as "massive … one of the most influential and intriguing musicians to have come out of the British music scene." ... Story continues here: Bert Jansch Obituary (The Guardian)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

In Unity


"Agitators are a set of interfering, meddling people, who come down to some perfectly contented class of the community and sow the seeds of discontent amongst them. That is the reason why agitators are so absolutely necessary. Without them, in our incomplete state, there would be no advance towards civilization." -Oscar Wilde

Monday, October 3, 2011

Quote Of The Week

"There comes a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part, you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, the people who own it, that unless you're free the machine will be prevented from working at all."